Off the hook blues at RootStock

Bluesman Clarence Van Hook and guitarist and songwriter J. Cedar team up for a free concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. Van Hook, who works on his ranch in Guinda, plays locally and in the Bay Area. While being known best as a bluesman, his current […]

October 24, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC presents ‘A Christmas Carol’

A haunting, high-stepping, holiday retelling of the classic Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol” by Alan Menken will be presented Nov. 16-Dec. 9 by the Davis Musical Theatre Company. The musical by Menken, an Oscar- and Tony-winning composer (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Shop of Horrors”), and Tony-winning lyricist Lynn Ahrens (“Seussical,” “Ragtime”) seamlessly […]

October 31, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wozniak to discuss founding of Apple, future of tech industry

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the UC Davis College of Engineering, tech industry pioneer and philanthropist Steve Wozniak will speak at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. Wozniak was a co-founder of Apple Computer in 1976, and thereby played a role in the creation of the personal […]

October 25, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Pacific Guitar Ensemble performs at The Palms

Spearheaded by Peppino D’Agostino and David Tenenbaum, the newly formed Pacific Guitar Ensemble brings together eight talented musicians, creating a fresh take on familiar classics and blending them with original compositions. The Pacific Guitar Ensemble will showcase its sound at 8 p.m. Friday at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., Winters, as part of the […]

October 24, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Chamber Music Society features Mozart, Mendelssohn, Fauré this weekend

The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento performs music by W.A. Mozart, Felix Mendelsssohn and Gabriel Fauré at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis. The concert will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Capistrano Hall on the Sacramento State campus in Sacramento). Featured artists will include flutist Mathew Krejci […]

October 23, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Jolly to sing recital in Davis on Nov. 4

In addition to her appearance with the Sacramento Choral Society on Sunday, soprano Katherine Jolly has a recital coming up the following Sunday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 27074 Patwin Road in Davis. Tickets are $20 general and $15 for students. “This will be my first piano-voice recital in Davis […]

October 24, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis soprano Katherine Jolly to appear with Sacramento Choral Society

Soprano Katherine Jolly — who grew up in Davis and again is making this community her home — will appear with the Sacramento Choral Society at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th St. in Sacramento. On the program will be Antonio Vivaldi’s popular setting of the “Gloria” (RV 589), […]

October 24, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Comedian Eddie Izzard visits Mondavi on Friday

Quirky British comedian and film star Eddie Izzard, regarded one of the foremost stand-up comics of this generation, will perform at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Friday. In his performances, Izzard takes ideas and situations and extrapolates them into bizarre, tangential, absurd and surreal comic narratives — many fans group Izzard with the style […]

October 25, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Drucker’s concert helps Davis ‘Lighten Up’

Singer-songwriter Karen Drucker is bringing her “Lighten Up” show to Davis at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Created to entertain a variety of audiences, the show combines her inspirational up-tempo songs, comedy songs, routines and chants. Admission to the concert, which is hosted by the Unity […]

October 26, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Downtown Woodland looking at future for the First Friday Art Walk

The Historic Woodland Downtown Business Association invites the public to its general membership meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday to talk about the future of art in downtown Woodland. Danielle Thomas, executive director of YoloArts, will lead a visioning conversation about the First Friday Art Walk program at the meeting. The downtown business association is looking […]

October 23, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Enjoy wine and music at Sundstrom Hill

Meg Hokaj, of Brother Jimmie & The New Deal, will return to the Sundstrom Hill Winery for Wine’d Down on Thursday with Brandon May. All are welcome to enjoy wine and the sounds of cool jazz and Broadway classics with May on keyboards and Hokaj on vocals. The pair also are members of the Travis Air […]

October 24, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Alex Cross': Impossible to bear

“Alex Cross” 2 stars Starring: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Cicely Tyson, Carmen Ejogo, John C. McGinley, Jean Reno Rating: PG-13, and somewhat generously, for considerable nasty violence, disturbing images, profanity, sexual content, drug references and nudity Popular book series is ill-served by vicious, noisy action flick By Derrick Bang Enterprise film […]

Who’s afraid of ghosts?

Spooky tales from across the sea make up Acme Theatre Company’s “In a Grove: Four Japanese Ghost Stories” by Eric Coble. The story covers the happenings in the apparently abandoned village of Kugosi. With the use of live music, shadow-play and giant puppets, Acme director Emily Henderson weaves humorous and spooky stories of the village’s […]

October 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sign up now for a mini-musical

The Manville Mini-Musicals program, which moved this fall from the Davis Art Center to the Veterans’ Memorial Center, is offering its second Mini-Musical at the new location with the popular family musical, “The Wizard of Oz.” This collection of songs will include selections from “Wicked” and also from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s recent revamp of the […]

October 30, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,